I am the cliched time-poor mum who juggles kids with a solo, work-from-home business. And that business is all about helping others look and feel their best, so (most days) I have to actually put my money where my mouth is … and look the part.
Now, this doesn’t mean I allocate hours and hours to personal grooming – I simply don’t have that luxury.
What it does mean is that I have become quite adept at hunting down and sniffing out any and every possible time-saving beauty treatment and product around.
Anything that can save me precious minutes in the morning – or the evening if I’m off to a function – gets a big, fat tick in my Lazy-Ass Beauty Book (LABB).
So what’s in my LABB?
1. CND Shellac (I’ve blabbed on enough about this two-week manicure they should make me their spokesperson)
2. Jane Iredale PurePressed mineral makeup (a few swishes and I’ve got flawless, even skin tone)
3. Get Threaded eyebrow threading (if the brows are in shape you can get away with all manner of makeup sins)
4. Lanolips Lip balm (anything with a slight tint is applicable without a mirror, right?)
5. Styling irons (seriously, what DID we do without them?)
6. Dry shampoo (when I just want to get one more day out of a blow wave)
The LABB is an open-ended and easily updated publication. And, just as well, as I have a new and very deserved addition.
Yes, that’s right. I got a Brazilian … on my head.
Just clarifying, no I don’t have a bald head or a landing strip … I have keratin-treated hair that feels like it went to Fat Camp. My hair is shiny, swishy and incredibly manageable. It’s like someone pulled the boofiness switch on it.
If all this is sounding familiar then you may remember the Global Keratin Treatment I had about 12 months ago … which I loved … but there is a very big difference between these two treatments.
Unlike the GK treatment where you have to wait 72 hours to do anything with your hair, with the Brazilian Cacau, you can walk out of the salon with any style you like (sexy, toussled curls? yes please), you can put your sunnies on your head and even wear your hair up. It won’t effect the long-term result.
It’s been two weeks since my hair was introduced to Cacau at Suite Three Hair *and can I just say that I’m one very happy camper.
The before and after photos tell the story, Stylers.
If I just leave my hair to dry in 90% humidity, it is frizz-free and acceptable (the neat freak in my likes to do a quick run through with my styling irons). But that is all. How cool is that?
By now, I’m guessing you’re wondering about how long I had to spend in the salon chair. I have long, thick hair and it was three hours tops (about the same amount of time it takes for me to have a cut, colour and style).
1. Wash to remove residue
2. Dry off hair to 80%
3. Apply the keratin product (which is formaldehyde free) to super fine sections of the hair
4. Blow-dry with a ceramic brush
5. Iron each section 10 times at 200 degrees
7. Apply deep conditioning mask for five minutes, rinse
8. Style as preferred
At this time of year, due to my aversion to all things hot and humid, my hair is usually whipped up into a ponytail (now THAT’S lazy ass) but NOW because the hard work’s been done, I’m actually wearing and styling my hair down. If I want it to be perfect, it takes me about five minutes to blow dry and then another five to iron.
And you know what they say, once you’ve tried Brazilian … you never go back.
*Nikki Parkinson was a guest of Suite Three Hair for this treatment. Cost is priced from $120 per hour, with most hair taking 2.5-3 hours. Take home shampoo and conditioner is included on treatment costs of $300 and more. The treatment should last three to four months. Ph 07 5445 6700 for more details.